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Half-day Authentic Lima Experience

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Why Book This Tour?

  • Unique and Authentic Tours
  • Responsible and Sustainable
  • Respectful Exchange with Locals
  • Alternative and Off the Beaten Path


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Tour Details

This Lima tour offers an authentic and intercultural experience that takes you off the beaten path to some alternative sights with as highlight one of Lima’s human settlements, where we visit a social project and learn about daily life in this harsh environment through responsible encounters with locals. 

This alternative Lima tour wants to let travelers experience a Lima off the beaten path by bringing them to sights beyond the usual tourist destinations. On this Lima tour, you’ll see a different side of Lima, where the actual Limeños live and work. You will not only learn interesting historical, political and cultural facts but most importantly, your day will be filled with responsible and meaningful encounters with locals.
  • See a different side of Lima away from the crowds
  • A truly local and authentic intercultural experience in Lima
  • Enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch at a local family's home
  • Leave a positive footprint and support a local project
  • Responsible and meaningful encounters with locals
Itinerary

Departure & Return Location

Pick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.

Meeting Time

10am or 12:30pm (or you can request a different time)

Price Includes

  • Lunch at a local family's house
  • Bilingual tour leader
  • Local guide in the community
  • Private transportation
  • All activities
  • Donation to the project visited

What to bring?

  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Comfortable, closed shoes
  • Water
  • Sweater and/or light coat (May - October)
What to Expect on this Lima Tour

This is a shorter version of the Full-day Authentic Lima Experience for those that have less time. The half-day tour starts with a visit to the second largest cemetery in the world, a very unique place which is very different to any other cemetery you’ve seen before! You’ll learn more about Andean burial culture and enjoy some great views of the area. 

After the visit to the cemetery, you’ll head towards the human settlement where you will visit a local lady who has started her own small business and artisan workshop in her house. She will tell you more about herself and her business. We will then be joined by a local guide who will show you around the neighborhood located on the hillsides of Lima’s outskirts and take you to meet several local families. The first stop is the house of the local cook who has prepared a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we’ll learn more about the community and also about a local project, which your visit supports. On some days you’ll even be able to witness the activities with the participating kids.The aim of this experience is a genuine intercultural experience since you will visit and interact with several locals.

These human settlements are the result of the late 20th century growth towards the hills by migrant populations in Lima. While these are the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, they are filled with hardworking people who are trying to provide a better life for their children. Learn more about daily life in this harsh environment and get the chance to be introduced to some of the efforts carried out to improve the situation. You will see the great work they are doing with local kids, teenagers or adults and on some days, you will even be able to participate in the activities. The visit focuses on hope, optimism and positive initiatives.

How does your visit leave a positive footprint?

Your visit benefits the local community in different ways. First of all, it provides an (additional) income to several community members, including the cook and the local guide. Secondly, your visit supports the local project of Jugando Aprendo, which works especially with minors who do domestic work and their families as well as other local children and teens. The tour price includes a donation to this great local organisation, ran by our local community guides.

In addition to financial benefits, the interest and attention of people who came from all over the world increases the pride of the local people in their communities. The local people on the tour are all in a way community leaders who work hard to improve their environment and community. The admiration of visitors from across the world reinforces their engagement. Too often, they are looked down on by fellow Peruvians from more affluent neighborhoods. 

Sometimes, real friendships and longterm engagements have resulted from our tours. A young aspiring cook is studying to become a chef thanks to people who met him during our tour. We love to see more of this happening too!

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